Joanna, over at Christmas TV History, shared some pictures last Saturday of her trip to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, which as we all know was the home town of two great singers who both fit into this theme, Perry Como and Bobby Vinton. I’ve profiled both of them before here on Two For Tuesday, but that was several years ago. So, let’s do them again.
Perry Como recorded 150 singles and 38 albums from 1943 to 1987, won five Emmys, a Christoper Award and a Peabody Award (shared with Jackie Gleason), and has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his contributions to music, radio and TV. Not bad for a barber from a small town.
Perry recorded “If (They Made Me A King)” in 1951, and it reached #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts and spent six weeks there, earning him a gold record.
He had a hit with “Wanted” in 1954. It reached #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts and spent 8 weeks there, earning another gold record.
It’s difficult to pick just two songs from a catalog as extensive as Perry Como’s, and I suspect that will be a common problem throughout this series. MusicProf78 has posted many more on YouTube. Enjoy!
Perry Como, your Two for Tuesday, September 12, 2017.